Split Pea Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms

This is a very easy soup to prepare. Split peas come in green and yellow varieties.

Once dried, their indigestible skins are removed and the peas are split in half. They cook in under 45 minutes. Mix and match your peas!

Ingredients

2 cups uncooked green/ yellow split peas, rinsed and soaked

½ cup pearled barley, rinsed

10 cups water or stock

2 bay leaves

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp minced garlic

1 cup diced onions

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 cup diced shiitake mushrooms

1 cup ¼ inch diced carrot

2 tsp fresh chopped dill

½ tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

Method

Add split peas, barley, water and bay leaves to a large soup pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, partially covered for 45 minutes. Stir often.

In a medium size skillet, heat oil for 30 seconds. Add garlic. Saute for 1 minute. Add onions. Cook for 5 minutes or until onion softened.

Add soy sauce, mushrooms, carrot and dill. Sauté for 5 minutes.

Add cooked vegetables to split pea mixture along with salt. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. Add pepper last 5 minutes of cooking.


Recipe by Nettie Cronish